Say Hello to the LittleArm V3. Now Live on Kickstarter
We have finally done it. We have refreshed the design of our original core product the LittleArm. This has literally been 2 year sin the making. Ever since the 2C came out with such a great reaction we wanted to make the kit better. But it was hard.
The 2C continues to be a great kit that is still the simplest and easiest to assemble. How could we do better?
The answer was with 3D printing. For years we have worked to use the process of 3D printing to make really good robotics kits. We experimented with water-proofing, with lightness, and overall aesthetics. We always wanted to do joints but we had a hard time finding a good way to do them.
Finally materials caught up. A new version of pla was introduced that was is flexible and easy to print. So we could finally make joints. And we have started with the Gripper. By using 3D printing the right way we were able to reduce a complex assembly on the LittleArm 2C to just 1 single piece that kids can just start working with. And demo a really cool engineering project.
We also made the rest of the design sleeker and more refined so that it is easier to print and more durable.
The big innovation here was the design of screwless servo connections. These plug in option eliminate several small screws during assembly. And it makes it quick and easy for teachers to disassemble the arms for new classes and groups.
As usual the content is always important. With the Release of the Littlearm V3 we will be creating new content around it based on arduino and engineering. Look for that as the year goes by.